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Roosevelt, Eleanor.

Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, The.


Roosevelt, Eleanor. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt. New York: Harper & Brothers, (1961).
8vo.; 24 pages of photographs; blue cloth stamped in gilt; red and white dust-jacket with light wear to spine and edges.
First edition, so stated, of Eleanor's last book. Inscribed to her son James and his wife: For Jimmy and Irene with love from Mother "Eleanor Roosevelt" Xmas 1961. Contains selections from This Is My Story, This I Remember, and On My Own, along with a new section, The Search for Understanding, on her part in the 1960 Adlai Stevenson campaign.
Eleanor signed this book just one year before her death. In the years that followed, James wrote a book called My Parents: A Differing View written, according to Joseph Lash, in an attempt to correct his brother Elliott's "unpleasant" portrayal of Eleanor in his book The Roosevelts of Hyde Park (Lash, p. 297).
In his eulogy, Adlai Stevenson said of the former First Lady: "She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world" (The Candles She Lit, by Stella Hershan, Westport: Praeger, 1993, p. 143).

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